OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police in Overland Park have charged a suspect in connection to a pair of recent homicides.
On Saturday afternoon police brought Marquise Stokes, 18, into custody and later charged him with first degree murder.
Stokes was originally wanted by police for questioning, but was later charged in connection to the June 30th deaths of 18-year-old Velik Henderson and 19-year-old Trevon Anderson in the area of 61st Terrace and Robinson in Overland Park.
Stokes is now being held on a $2,000,000 bond.
Saturday FOX 4 spoke to a group of friends as they moved into the Overland Park neighborhood, but they say their fresh start has been clouded with stories of murders next door and across the street.
"We need a place to live. We didn't really have a choice," said Branden Tinker, who didn't know about the three murders in the neighborhood until after he signed the lease to his place.
"Yea it's a little scary," Tinker said.
A few houses down, a 36-year-old mother was murdered, and just weeks ago, 18-year-old Henderson and 19-year-old Anderson were shot and killed right across the street.
"I actually have a friend that lives in the apartment across the street. He told me there was a bunch of cops and maybe I should rethink living on this street,” said Tinker.
It was too late to turn back but Saturday afternoon, neighbors got some news they found relieving when they heard Stokes, a man police had been searching and considered armed and dangerous, had been arrested and charged with first degree murder. Neighbors say they had seen Stokes several times in the neighborhood before, so often they thought he was friends with the victims.
With arrests in the case, Tinker and neighbors hope they can get back to normal and once again feel safe in their own home.
"I hope there's nothing else going on. I look forward to meeting everyone and having a nice year here. Probably not gonna stay here more than a year actually,” he said.
Detectives are also looking into the possibility that this double homicide could be connected to the murder of the 36-year-old woman who was killed just across the street.
Stokes was the second man to be charged in the death of Velik Henderson and Trevon Anderson. On Monday, police charged 18-year-old Donnell Preston with two counts of first degree murder. He's being held on a $2,000,000 at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.